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Better JUnit-based Unit Tests with NetBeans 7.4 beta Hints

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In my last post, I wrote about hints provided in NetBeans 7.4 beta that improve a developer’s ability to avoid nasty runtime issues with Java exception handling. In this post, I look at how two more hints provided by NetBeans 7.4 beta can be used to make unit tests more correct and more clear during unit test execution. These are ...

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Exploring Apache Camel Core – Seda Component

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The seda component in Apache Camel is very similar to the direct component that I’ve presented in previous blog, but in a asynchronous manner. To do this, it uses a java.util.concurrent.BlockingQueue as default implementation to queue up messages and disconnect from your main Route thread and then processing the messages in a separated thread. Because of this BlockingQueue, you need ...

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WS-Security: using BinarySecurityToken for authentication

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As we all know, one goal set by WS-Security is to enforce integrity and/or confidentially on SOAP messages. In case of integrity, the signature which is added to the SOAP message is the result of a mathematical process involving the private key of the sender resulting in an encrypted message digest. Most frameworks, such as WSS4J, will by default only ...

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On a quest for missing stacktraces

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One comment to our recent blog post brought back some memories about a specific experience. The type of experience I wish I had not experienced. Long time before we founded Plumbr I was debugging an application that gave me an exception every once in a blue moon. The level of detail was astounding:               ...

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Configuring Hadoop with Guava MapSplitters

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In this post we are going to provide a new twist on passing configuration parameters to a Hadoop Mapper via the Context object. Typically, we set configuration parameters as key/value pairs on the Context object when starting a map-reduce job. Then in the Mapper we use the key(s) to retrieve the value(s) to use for our configuration needs. The twist ...

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The Dark Side Of Software Development That No One Talks About

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Hey, you. Yeah, you.  Psst.  Come over here. I’m going to tell you something that you may not have heard before. Are you ready for it? Software developers are jerks. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of great developers and nice people who are software developers, and there are lots of great supportive environments and thriving communities in software ...

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Still banging on about Quality

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The last couple of blog entires have been a public investigation – personal think – about software quality – see What is Software Quality? and Software quality? Thanks to all those who have provided feedback and comments, they’ve all contributed to my thought process. I think I am moving towards some kind of conclusion. I’ll write up that conclusion for ...

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Continuous Delivery Using Cloud Development Tools

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Cloud based online development tooling is continuing to improve, removing barriers to entry with regards to building software as part of a team. We can now get full development environments and most of our build, test, and deployment processes up and running in the cloud using various software as a service and infrastructure as a service offerings. These services are ...

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Gradle: do we need another build tool?

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In the early days of Java development, we either didn’t see much of a need for build tools, or used what we had from other environments. I can still remember building shell scripts and make files for developing Java. The make files were especially interesting, because this was a tool that just wasn’t designed with Java in mind. It was ...

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